The Connecting Dots - 10 Questions Interview
The Connecting Dots are based in Stockholm, Sweden, and the core of the band consists of singer Helena Sundstrom and guitarist Johan Borg. Despite having known each other for a long time and being involved in different musical projects during the years, it wasn't until last year (2020) the idea of doing something together came to mind.
The ten songs on the debut album "Oblivious Beat" were written and recorded in a short period, to keep some kind of spontaneity and not overdo or over-think anything. This way it became an album of songs that fit together from start to end, rather than one or two hits surrounded by fillers...
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Helena: I have been making music forever. I wrote my first songs when I was maybe four years old. The songs were about the animals in the woods. Now I mostly write about humans in the city.
Johan: Same here, I’ve been making music for as long as I can remember, singing songs into a cassette recorder when I was a little kid. Don’t know what got me started really, it has just always been a part of me, like breathing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Having to postpone all tour dates due to a worldwide virus was not something we expected! These are crazy times we live in. On the other hand, there have been crazy times before. It’s all a cycle. And hopefully Coachella will still be there, at the end of the tunnel…
What has been the high point of your music path?
Reaching the point where you feel that you have the capability of writing songs on a certain level. Objectively knowing what is good and what’s not. It gives you confidence. Then, of course people can have different opinions…
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting is a matter of being adoptive and ready when the magic strikes. It could happen anywhere - riding on the bike, chatting in a bar, watching a movie, or being on safari. A melody or a sentence appears out nowhere, and if you don’t write it down or record it, it’s gone - forever. You have to capture it. Then, after the spark is lit, there is a bit of work to do to make a whole track out of it. But initial inspiration and being open-minded is the thing, really.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Technical development makes it possible for everybody to have their own recording studio in the bedroom. It’s great in a democratic perspective but it also makes it harder to reach through when there are so and so many thousands of new songs released every day.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Helena: Patti Smith - for the coolness, humility and overall greatness.
Johan: Prince, although sharing stage with his hologram would make me look like a second-rate musician.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We prefer to keep it spontaneous and don’t rehearse too often - unless when Coachella calls us. Then we will be prepared!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song that is a great challenge to write is usually not a good song. The songs should come naturally. If it is too much of a struggle, it’s better to just put it aside. One day the pieces will fall into place. Recording is another thing. It can be a real challenge to get it down the way it sounds in your head.
What's coming up in the future?
We have written a bunch of songs for the next album that will probably be a bit more diverse than the first one.. It’s a long journey - most bands make their best albums a couple of years into their career. So you’d better keep an eye on us!
Tell us where fans can access your music?